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Thursday, January 29, 2015

Weekly Picture Rounup

It's time once again for the roundup of my daily pictures! Please bear through these awful photos as A) I work the night shift which means I can't get outside in the day to snap something with more variety B) I'm still learning how to even take photos and C) My apartment is tiny and boring.  But I'm doing the thing, so yay!

Going from top to bottom and not necessarily in date order:
  1. The prettiest little girl in the whole world. So says her mommy.
  2.  An at-the-time impressive pile of stuff I had drummed up from our personel effects to sell on Amazon. To-date most of it has sold for a pretty nice profit.
  3. The sweetest old man in the world. So says everyone who has ever met him
  4. This one one shipment's worth of eBay sales. Five packages, some of which were shipped in custom boxes.
  5. A stack of books I had found at Value Village to sell on eBay. I love old books, they're utterly gorgeous! (and they smell amazing... or is that just my opinion? Anyone? No? Okay.)
And those are the "daily photos" from the last week or so. I've kept some private, as they're of my or my family, but these I wanted to share. I think, overall, I'm getting better and I am definitely learning how to improve with every photo. 

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

The Big Picture

So I've been sick lately. And if not sick then really struggling with my anxiety.

I'm 25. I have no job, no hopes for a career, no kids. I have an amazing husband and a nice apartment, and those are really the high points. My husband deserves to be the high point in my life, there is no question about that. But having a nice apartment (an opinion which has already been questioned)? That's kinda sad.

So, because of all this introspection, I found that I needed to make some changes. The biggest of which was that I needed to stop working on the small time level and take a look at the big picture?

"But Red, what does that even mean?"

Well, it means a couple of things. The first of which is I need to stop wasting my time on stuff that just isn't working. 

Things That Aren't Working:
  1. Bubblews
  2. Person Paper
  3. Swagbucks
  4. Bing Rewards

I will probably keep on with Bing Rewards, if only because it doesn't take very long. But everything else? It takes forever and doesn't really pay anything out. Transcripts might end up on this list soon too, but that depends on how some other ventures I'm looking at pan out. One of those is a possible YouTube channel tied to some other stuff I'm working on, but my motivation is pretty low at the moment.

And all the time I've been wasting on the other sites is going to be redirected to the books I've been slowly plugging along on. 

So, yeah. Big Picture. Only real way to get my life on track I suppose. Wish me luck!

Friday, January 9, 2015

Another No-Picture Day; Religious News

Today there will not be a picture of the day. This is, mainly, because I used my picture of the day to take a very honest look at what shape my body was in. The verdict: Not good.

So despite the fact that I REALLY didn't want to go, I went to the gym with Huntsman today. Tomorrow we're going back to do weight machine work, and then Sunday I am going back for more cardio. Monday is a rest day, and then Tuesday it's back to the gym. Since Monday I am working something like a 16 hour day, that's pretty good timing!

Now, on to the religious news.

Anyone who has (for whatever reason) kept this blog bookmarked for a while knows that I am Pagan. Mostly interested in Irish and Germanic practices, as they are my identifiable heritage), Pop Culture Paganism, and the Fae folk in all their many forms. But after a bout with serious depression that very nearly ended my life, I found that nothing really spoke to me any more. I hadn't become an Atheist; I've experienced enough that I feel little call towards that. But I was definitely lost.

In order to regain a sense of myself, I have begun to re-walk my old path. For me, this should mean that I go back to Neo-Wicca and Silver Ravenwolf books. Since I find both Neo-Wicca and Silver Ravenwolf to be extremely problematic in terms of LGBTQA erasure and cultural appropriation, I instead picked up my copy of Grimoire for the Apprentice Wizard. Once upon a time I was a student at the Grey School of Wizardry, a Prefect even, and it really helped me discover where my talents were strongest.

Yes, there are some problematic aspects to the school and the book. But I acknowledge these as part of my journey back to the beginning.

If you are spiritually lost, interested in seeing the path unfold again, or just curious as to how this will all work, check out The Red Cloak Register to follow my progress.

That's it for now chickadees, since this is already a novella. Until next time, Be Well.

Thursday, January 8, 2015

No Picture of the Day

.... but I have very good news! Well, good news for me at least.

I actually made myself work out for 15 minutes today. Not just half-assing it, but really work out. It's not as much as I used to do, but it's more than I've been doing and I'm REALLY proud of myself for even getting up and doing it.

My daily picture today was me after my workout. I won't post it here because I don't really want to show my face (or gross post-workout clothes) to the whole internet, but I still took the picture. Tomorrow is cardio day, and I'm really hoping I actually go. I keep trying to get Huntsman to go with me, but he's been very tired lately. I think tomorrow we will change that!

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Daily Photo Roundup

I've been a little lax on posting my daily photos, so here is a quick round up!

Astute viewers will notice one day is missing. This is because I took a photo of my husband and he didn't want it shared online. So, you have to suffer through one less terrible photo!

 03 January: This is my progress on Game of Thrones after only five days. I read fast in read-a-longs!

 05 January: I started this book the same night I finished Game of Thrones. So far I am hating it, which makes me really said. I wanted to love Faerie Wars

06 January: This is my calendar. It goes to June 2015 and I love it. It helps me keep track of the 5 or 6 revenue streams I try to keep flowing at all times.

I should be back on later with a picture for 07 January. After all, it's one of my tasks on HabitRPG. I will also, probably, be writing a post on HabitRPG!

Friday, January 2, 2015

Kids, Don't Try This at Home

Do you see this? Yes, it is a bed. It is MY bed, to be exact. And at this very moment it is a land of forbidden comfort.

You see, once upon a time there was a very responsible college student. She graduated and moved to a new state and took a job like you're supposed to. Then the bosses at that job turned out to be sorely unethical and rampantly misogynistic to boot, and the young woman left their employ despite her rapid upward movement.

Months went by and her sleep schedule slowly shifted to a nocturnal one. This meant she slept parts of her work day away, her social time, and her precious time with her husband. As he was still bringing things to a close with his other partner (polyamory folks, it's all good. No cheating here), the time she got to spend with him was precious to her indeed. So she hatched a daring plan that only the greatest heroes had ever dared.

As her husband had also let his sleep schedule slip to a nocturnal once during his time away from the hallowed halls of education, they knew something drastic had to happen. And so they stayed up all day, and all night, and all day again just so that when the bell tolled 10 the following night they would slip into blessed slumber.

tl;dr: Our sleep schedules suck so we have to stay up for about 36 hours to reset them before Huntsman goes back to his teaching post and I lose my clients.

At this moment I am still longing for my bed, but we've only got another 3 hours to go!!

(Also, this is Picture of the Day 2)


Thursday, January 1, 2015

With the Coming of 2015

I am going to be doing a lot of new things with the coming of 2015:

  • I want to read 100 books
  • I want to publish at least 1 book
  • I want to get $1,000 in savings
  • I want to pay off both credit cards
  • I want to take one picture a day
  • I want to keep an "entry a day" journal
  • I want to feel confident in a bikini

I have already started on some of these:

  • I work almost most days, and all day on the days I do work. Today alone I did a lot to help with money:
    • Signed up for a new writing website (Bubblews is busted) and will be signing up for a second on my next work break
    • Opened up a new line of income that I was never expecting to try. But, hey, it's working out so that's good.
    • Set up ways to cut costs. Our current is that we're not allowed to dine out at all in the month of January, and this includes fast food and the hot deli counter at the grocery store. We're also looking at ways to reduce our meat intake.
    • Got back on Swagbucks and Bing Rewards
    • Got back on my rewards apps
    • Picked up my writing again
    • Outline two short books I can get published
    • Went at my Fiverr work with a passion
    • Answered gig requests on Craigslist
  • I've already started taking photos, which I will be posting here every day.
  • Huntsman and I will be readjusting our schedules the hard way, because sleeping until 1 PM is just not working any more
  • And I have jumped back into working out and reducing my junk intake

Phew! I guess I should just get around to posting the picture, eh? Well, here it is:

It's nothing glamorous, just a shot of my desk. But I think this sums me up really well right now. My religion is off to the side, I am over-caffeinated, my rick sock on the corner of the desk is there for my constant shoulder pain from anxiety and tension, and all of my writing is in a jumble in the box. 2015 is the year of picking my life back up and putting the pieces back together.

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